Usher auditions Justin Bieber in Atlanta sometime in early 2008. It is his first time out of Canada. Scooter Braun drives to the studio and they meet Usher in the parking lot. Bieber asks Usher if he could sing one of his songs for him.
No little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out.
A week later Bieber flew back to to Atlanta:
I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still had a meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher’s deal was way better. He had L.A. Reid backing him up and Scooter had a lot of really good connections in Atlanta. I always tease Usher now and remind him how he blew me off the first time we met.